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The Partridge Challenge
In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Join the Conversation About MOFGA's Future Work

Thank you to all who have joined us so far in talking about MOFGA's Vision, Values and Mission. There's still plenty of work ahead, and more opportunity for all of you to join the conversation. Visit the MOFGA Strategic Planning web page to see how you can get involved!

Left to right: Melissa Law, Ben Whalen, Abby and Jeff Fisher of Bumbleroot Organic Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Whalen and Melissa Law, who, with Jeff and Abby Fisher, are in their first year of growing vegetables, flowers and herbs at their Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Buxton. This MOFGA-certified organic farm sells at the Saco Farmers' Market, the Kittery Community Market and through its community supported agriculture program. "The four of us share a passion for ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious, locally grown food," they say. "We are very excited to be a part of the Portland area's vibrant food community!" Learn more at on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Proposed farm rules resisted
Portland Press Herald - 8/26/2013.
By Holly Ramer, AP - Concord, N.H.: As the local food movement gains steam, northern New England farmers are steaming mad about proposed regulations they fear will leave them unable to meet growing consumer demand for their produce.
Biotech ambassadors in Africa
GM Watch - 8/26/2013.
Back in May 2013, a controversial PR operative headed for Africa. He even tweeted a picture of the hotel where he was staying in Dar es Salaam. Credited with running some of Monsanto's most dubious PR operations, Jay Byrne was in Tanzania to attend a regional planning meeting of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB).
HB 1 tackles issue of labeling genetically modified food
The Current - 8/26/2013.
By Bruce Ritchie - The debate over genetically modified foods may be coming to Florida's Capitol, if a bill filed for the 2014 session can get heard in a committee.
The promise [and uncertainties] of Biochar
Crops, Soils, Agronomy News Magazine - 8/26/2013.
By Nancy Maddox - In 2000, there were about a dozen articles on biochar in the scientific literature. In 2012, 3,000-plus. In between occurred what some have called a “biochar revolution.” Biochar—the trendy, yet ancient soil amendment now available at Whole Foods Market—has been known to man for thousands of years. Today, it is discussed as a possible means to reduce dependence on nonrenewable energy reserves, enhance agricultural productivity, reduce environmental pollution, and simultaneously reverse climate change.
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